Known For : Calangute Beach Fort Aguada Cruise in Goa
The mesmerising beaches, the bewildering French colonial alleys, the hippie bars, and the buzzing nightlife draws people of all ages. Be it, bachelorettes, girls' trips or the stag vacations, everyone prefers Goa. This destination sits on every friend group's bucket list, waiting for the plan to finalise. Also being the party capital of India, you should head here! So leave your conscience home and buck up for a 'what happens in Goa, stays in Goa' trip! You surely need no convincing to take a trip to Goa in your budding days because you know the wild happening here!
Things to do: Go island hopping, Hit the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Explore Goan Caves, Water Sports
Highlights: Drinks by the beach, yacht parties, seafood delicacies, partying at Titos and Mambos!
Best time to visit: October to March are the best months to visit Goa. The weather is pleasant and makes the beaches more accessible even during the day!
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Old Manali Solang Valley Jogini Waterfall
An ideal destination for adventure buffs, backpackers and hippies, it is just the right place for you to chalk out a squad or solo trip. Some parts of Manali look straight out of a retro movie, and once you walk around the secret trails, you will be invoked by spiritual energy. The air has the purity and smell of peace, emerging out from the waterfalls. The ideal way to explore Manali would be walking or trekking to discover the intriguing trails and beautiful viewpoints. One of the things you cannot miss out on any kind of party is food. Old Manali has some fantastic places to eat, not just Indian, but also international cuisines. So, if your buddies are big-time foodies, you are in the right place.
Things to do: Paragliding, skiing, and other sports, Visit the Great Himalayan National Park, Dip in the Vasistha baths, Take a Trek.
Highlights: Hippie Parties, Bustling town squares, irresistible food, breathtaking sceneries, friendly crowds.
Best time to visit: Summer is the best season to hit Manali because then you get the party scene and also the opportunity to enjoy adventure sports like parasailing, rafting, and other mountain sports.
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville
Pondicherry or Puducherry boasts proudly of a culturally rich blend of South Indian civilisation and French architecture. The coastal destination can easily fool you with its quaint lifestyle and calm surrounding, but in reality, it's a mixed bag of surprises. This coastal paradise offers a confluence of stunning beaches and delectable fresh seafood for you to unwind in this peaceful settlement. An ideal party destination for those looking to juxtapose antiquity and panoramic beauty, away from the cliche globetrotter spots. It's less flanked than other Indian beach destinations, but you should expect heavy crowds during peak seasons.
Things to do: Spot Dolphins while cruising at boathouses, scuba diving, sunset gazing, walk along the Seaside Promenade, Bird watching at Ousteri Wetland and National Park.
Highlights: Quirky cafes, Ferry rides, tranquil beaches, cycling through alleys, historical walks.
Best time to visit: November to February, Pondy has brilliant weather making it easy to walk through the beautiful French colonies, churches, and beaches!
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Pangong Lake Khardung La Magnetic Hill
Planning a road trip to Ladakh is one of the things you must do in once in your youth. To experience the adrenaline rush, a trip to Ladakh is a must. The road trip and the spectacular views will not let you miss clubbing, so you can leave your worries behind and rent a couple of bikes to head to one of the most amazing destinations in the country. Exploring the daunting terrain and the breathtaking landscapes are sure to give you a lot of enthralling journey tales. The high passes, sheer cliffs, long, empty roads and gorgeous, shimmering lakes will not let you down.
Things to do: Ride to Zanskar Valley, Relax by Tso Moriri lake, River rafting at Zanskar, Go crazy at the anti-gravity magnetic hill, Go spiritual at the Spituk Monastery, Hit the Masked Parade in Hemis Monastery.
Highlights: Local food, jaw-dropping sceneries, random encounters, architectural marvels like the Shanti Stupa, Spotting stars in the Milky way.
Best time to visit: May to September is the best time to go for a road trip to Ladakh because the Leh highway opens up in Mid-May. By late April, all lakes melt, unveiling their beautiful inherent colours.
Best Time: Jun to Sep
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Known For : Rafting in Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula Triveni Ghat
Talk about the gem of Uttrakhand, Rishikesh is yet another ideal destination for the adventure seekers and party junkies. With never-ending water sports, the thrilling weekend with your buddies will turn out to be a paradise trip! Unwinding with a drink by the riverbed at night will help you calm your nerves too. Tourists have still not exploited this breathtaking destination, which means you can have the best of both worlds! Trekking, river rafting and bungee jumping during the day and a tranquil campfire at night will oomph up your trip! Partying with the squad under the stars will definitely pose to be the highlight if you look for some fun and fad!
Things to do: Bonfire, camping, river rafting, attend the Ganga Arti, Bungee Jumping, walk across the Ram Jhula, Rock climbing
Highlights: The Lakshman Jhula walk, reconnections with peace and adventure, cafe hopping, stroll through spiritual alleys.
Best time to visit: Summers are unbearable, and rains make it unfavourable to do any adventure sports. So the best time to visit is March-April and September-November.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Elephanta Caves Marine Drive, Mumbai Juhu Beach
The 'city that never sleeps' isn't every youth aspiring to be in the city of dreams? Well, you definitely should head for a vacation here! It's a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamour and squalor, modernity and tradition. The spectrum of life in Mumbai is in stark opposition to the other parts of the country. Everyone has heard of the Marine drive, famous vada pav, Maratha Mandir, Juhu- Chowpatty and what not. If you're not seeing Mumbai in your juvenile days, you do not see anything! Life is fast and rapid, and it's only in your days of youth that you can keep up with the pace. Of course, the rush in the nightlife hubs and local trains will stun yet elate you!
Things to Do: Ride the Ferry at Gateway of India, Picnic at Juhu beach, Shop at Colaba Causeway, Chill at Bandstand, See the Sunset at Haji Ali Dargah, Worship at the SiddhiVinayak Temple.
Highlights: Shopping; Musical, art and other Festivals; Getaway spots, street food, nightlife.
Best Time to Visit: All around the Year. It's imperative to see every facet of the city. Be it the biting summers, enraging monsoons or the negligible winters, you're welcome to visit Mumbai in any possible season.
Best Time: October to February
Chalal has found its fan following among backpackers and trekkers, who come out here to trek, camp out under the stars, or enjoy some hot chai as they soak in the sheer splendour of the scenic panorama of the grand Himalayas. Your solo or group trip to an offbeat destination should certainly be Chalal to get a taste of everything on your vacay! With tourist influx, Chalal has seen a rise in the number of parties that happen deep in the forests, forming the ideal spot nestled within the mountains under a mystical sky full of stars that no other place on the planet could ever come close to offering. However, the delight of losing yourself in the glory of the mountains and living the simple life remains within the tiny hamlet of Chalal, is something to do in your youth and humble yourself in this quaint little state.
Things to Do: Take a trek from Kasol to Chalal, walk on the bridge over Parvati river, experience the night parties in the woods, take the achievable hikes.
Highlights: Treks, Parties, Conversations under the stars, Hiking.
Best time to Visit: The best time to visit Chalal is during the summer between April and June.The weather is serene and makes it easy to explore the nearby villages.
Havelock Islands fall under the bandwagon of stunning destinations yet to be explored in India. Perfect for a romantic getaway, this destination offers pristine waters, alluring beauty and an indulgent variety of food. After all who does not like to sunbathe on clean beaches, dive into blue waters and enjoy some fried calamari with chilled beer? If you like the sound of this, then be prepared for so much more. Unwind and get lost in the serene beauty of this Island with your gang as you bring in your vacay in style.
Things to Do: Sunbathe by the clear beaches, bar hopping, local tradition exploration, walk down the quaint and quiet streets, venture into water activities and Rent a Waterville.
Highlights: Sun, sand, and water will be the prime highlight.
Best Time to Visit: Ideally the best time to visit the island is from November to May. Similar to other beach destinations, Havelock too faces adverse weather conditions in monsoons and peak summer.
Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach
Varkala, the coastal town in Kerala has some of the best pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries, and springs - all of this together makes this town a little paradise. It's undoubtedly an offbeat destination to venture while you're an enthusiast about exploring all things offbeat. You will also find a lot of shops with signboards in Hebrew selling Yoga mats, oxidised silver jewellery and harem pants made of cotton. Ayurvedic spas, affordable resorts, hostels, clean beaches make it a must-visit city of Kerala. You're going to enjoy the unique tours and yeah it's a destination you can visit with family.
Things to Do: Visit the Varkala and Edava Beach, Try the Watersports, Head to Anjengo Fort, Pay your worship to Janardhanswamy Temple.
Highlights: Beautiful beaches, serenity and calm surroundings, lush green sceneries, spirituality and hospitality.
Best Time to Visit: Winters (between October and February) is the best season for a visit to Varkala because the temperature is more relaxed and the sun is gentler compared to the summers.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Abbey Falls Raja's Seat Coffee Plantations in Coorg
Nestled amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, The Scotland of India- 'Coorg' is the place to be for all nature lovers. It does not earn its popularity simply from coffee-producing hill stations along with the beautiful green hills and streams cutting right through them. Still, it also stands as a renowned destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan, specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality. Coorg is a youth-oriented place because the rare and unconventional experiences of the land can be best absorbed in the youthful years of life. The modern offerings with a dash of tradition will enchant you into its beauty like no other! Get ready to soak in the lesser-known gen of the world.
Things to Do: Revel in the beauty of Abbey falls, Visit the Namdroling Monastery, hit the Vantage point in Mandalpatti, Soak in the breathtaking view at the Raja's seat garden, take a trek, camp and ride on an elephant back.
Highlights: Homestays, coffee aromas from the plantations, Shopping, Monastery culture, camping
Best Time To Visit: September to June is the best time to visit Coorg. However, if you want to go for trekking, October to March is the best time to visit Coorg. During the monsoon months of late July and August, it is best to avoid visiting due to heavy rainfall and landslides.
Best Time: October to March
Calling out to all the youngsters, once you're done saving up a bit for your next vacation, pick up a place from this list and head with your gang or family to enjoy the best days of your life. After all, you'll only regret the trips that you didn't take rather than the ones you did in the early days of your life! Which is your favourite destination from the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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